By Betty Vanderwielen

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters - Tom Parker


September 19, 2019

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Tom Parker shared his outfitting stories at the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society event Aug. 3.

SWAN VALLEY – Tom Parker was the final speaker at the Aug. 3 Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program Guides and Outfitters of the Swan Valley. His talk was punctuated by comments from old-time outfitter Leonard Moore.

Parker said he was 21 years old when he decided he wanted to be an outfitter. He was living in the Bitterroot area at the time. A hunting trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness with his own horses and mules confirmed his career decision. He moved to the Swan Valley the following spring.

Moore interjected, "You were a little green." To which Parker replied, "It t...

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